Continuing from my short write-up about the protest site in Mong Kok, we move on to Admiralty, which is the main protest site and also where the protests began. The site is situated right outside the central government buildings and thus chosen by the protesters to make their point.
The protest site at Admiralty is also where the artistic side of the protesters is shown.
The now-famous Umbrella Man statue is the mascot of the protests. It was created by a 22-year old student who called himself “Milk” and is made of several wooden blocks.
The Admiralty site is also where the “Lennon Wall” is situated. Inspired by the one in Prague, Czech Republic, it consists of colourful Post-It Notes pasted on the wall of a staircase leading to an overhead bridge. The notes contains democratic wishes for Hong Kong during the 2014 protests.
Back at the base of the government buildings, protesters setup a canopy of colourful, broken umbrellas, shielding the people below from the sun.
Protesters also occupied a small site at Hong Kong’s shopping district, Causeway Bay. Like the Admiralty and Mong Kok sites, it was very peaceful when I was there.
Seems like Hong Kongers love origami – paper umbrellas can be seen everywhere, including Causeway Bay.
By now, the government in Hong Kong are starting to clear the protest sites. I’m glad to have seen and photograph the event without all the violence. Let’s hope that something good comes out of this.